May 10, 2021

Dangerous eBay listings can be removed by regulators

Online seller eBay says it is handing regulators the power to take down dangerous listings without consulting the company. Online market places, such as eBay, are engaged in a constant battle to ferret out unsafe items sold by their users. Lesley Rudd, chief executive of Electrical Safety First, said: "We welcome any move that speeds up the process of removing dangerous goods online". "Online marketplaces must be legally recognised as a retailer in order to sufficiently tackle the issue of dangerous goods sold via their sites and we urge the government to include these sites in their forthcoming Online Safety Bill," she said. Murray Lambell, eBay's UK manager, said the pandemic had led online shopping to become "An even greater part of everyone's lives".

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